A controversial bill to amend the Charter of the French
Language by the Quebec's Parti Quebecois
("Bill 14"), has entered general
consultations and public hearings. During March and April of 2013
interested parties and individuals may raise points of interest and
relevant concerns. (To read more about our analysis about Bill 14,
see our related post on this topic.) Various individuals and
organizations have undergone this process in parallel through the
media and other sources.
One such organization is the Conseil Québécois
du Commerce de Détail
("CQCD"), whose mission is to represent,
promote and enhance the image of the retail sector in Quebec and to
develop ways to foster the advancement of its members.1
On April 16, 2013, CQCD issued a press release2 setting
out its concerns with respect to Bill 14.
In particular, the CQCD expressed concern regarding:
Bill 14's promotion of recourse to the judicial system,
thereby bringing an end to the dialogue between businesses and the
Office québécoise de la langue
Bill 14's use of coercive measures, as demonstrated in
granting the OQLF the power to investigate without specific
Bill 14's increase in regulatory and administrative burdens
Despite these critizisms, the CQCD affirms the Quebec provincial
government's goal to promote the use of French in the work
place and as such, proposes certain solutions to soften the
measures proposed in Bill 14.
Suggested solutions include:
Offering businesses the necessary tools and environment to make
the transition successful; and
Providing easy access to relevant information with respect to
the rules businesses may be subject to.
These proposals offer a middle ground through facilitating
businesses in protecting the French language. Further, softer
policies will promote support for the Bill and higher compliance
with its requirements. At present, CQCD's press release is
indicative of the criticisms shared by many members of the business
community. Given the minority status of the current Quebec
provincial government, the proposed amendments may not survive in
their current form. Ideally, changes will result from the present
consultations resulting in a Bill which reflects the needs and
goals of all involved.
Under the Income Tax Act, the Employment Insurance Act, and the Excise Tax Act, a director of a corporation is jointly and severally liable for a corporation's failure to deduct and remit source deductions or GST.
Under the Income Tax Act, the Employment Insurance Act, the Canada Pension Plan Act and the Excise Tax Act, a director of a corporation is jointly and severally liable for a corporation's failure to deduct and remit source deductions.
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